Welcome! We have put together this guide to our pre-school in an effort to help you gain a little more from your time with us. Here you can learn about everything from clothing your child, arriving at the pre-school, collecting your child and joining our sessions.
If you feel there are other pieces of information you would like to see here, please do let us know by providing feedback or alternatively please do contact us.
Clothing Your Child
At Jack and Jill's we encourage the children to participate in numerous activities throughout the day and many of them are messy, therefore we ask that you send your child in clothes that you do not mind them getting a little stained. Although we buy washable paint and pens we can not guarantee that it will wash out of everything and we would hate to ruin a favourite dress, top or trousers!
We also ask that coats, hats, gloves and shoes are labelled and that if possible you can send your child in with a spare set of clothes in case of any little accidents. Water play is an example of an activity that requires a spare set of clothes.
Arriving at Pre-School
The doors to the pre-school open at 9:00am. Upon arrival, we ask that you help your child to hang up their coat. Each child has a fun "name tag", which can be found on the table outside the hall entrance. Once they have found their name, this can be "posted" in the post box that is located just inside the hall. Any drinks can then be placed on the drinks table inside the hall and if your child is staying for lunch club their lunch bags can be placed in the baskets provided.
We encourage parents to go with their children into the setting and to help them to find an activity table of their choice. Once you are happy that your child has settled well within the setting, we ask that you sign them in, by adding a time to the sheet provided just inside the main doors.
Collecting Your Child
Morning sessions end at 12:00, while afternoon sessions end at 14:30. We do ask that you arrive promptly at these times to collect your child. If you are not able to collect your child for any reason, please do contact us in advance as late fees will apply if we are not informed.
Parents should always inform a member of staff if another person other than those named on the contact sheet is collecting their child from pre-school.
We do offer a password scheme where this situation arises and the password must be given to a member of staff before the child will be released into their care. All passwords are confidential and therefore only share them with the nominated carer for your child.
NO child is allowed to leave the setting with an adult that is not familiar to staff.
Joining Our Sessions
At Jack and Jill's we really encourage parents, carers, grandparents, aunts and uncles to get involved with the children and the sessions. This can be done by coming to play for an hour, participating in an activity or bringing in an activity you would like to run with the children.
We recognise that some parents/grandparents have very interesting jobs and hobbies and we welcome you into pre-school to share these with us. One of the favourites last year was a grandma who came in to do some Morris Dancing, the children loved the music and the dancing. We also enjoyed a visit from a Doctor and the local Community Police Officer.
We also have parents who come and bake cakes with the children, plant seeds, make bird feeders and do themed craft such as mothers day gifts. It is completely up to you, if you enjoy doing it, then they will too!
So please sign up!
The rota can be found in the entrance hall and you are welcome to stay all day if you choose or just an hour if that suits you better. It is nice to come in and see your child playing with new friends, in a new environment and participate in an activity or two.
Lunch Club is a great way to start to introduce your child to a slightly longer day at pre-school in preparation for their transition to school and to give them a growing sense of independence. We offer lunch club to all children once they are eligible for their 15 free government funded hours. An additional charge is made for the lunch club. Please see our fees page for details.
Around 12pm the children who are staying for lunch are taken to wash their hands before sitting down at the table for lunch. The lunch bags are placed randomly on the table and each child sits down with their bag and the designated lunch staff are on hand to help with any tricky packages or problems.
Once your child has finished their lunch they are asked to put their lunch bags away and can go back to playing with their friends and the activities available ready for the afternoon session to begin.
Please send your child with a packed lunch that they will enjoy. Unfortunately we are unable to heat anything for the children and ask that in the summer you pop an ice pack into the bag to help keep their food cool.
* Please can we also ask that you do not send in any fizzy drinks, sweets or nuts, thank you.
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Registered office: Darwin Hall, Heathcot Place, Lichfield, Staffs. WS13 6RQ
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